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What To Expect With Your Gums When You’re Expecting

As you know, when you are pregnant there are a lot of changes going on in your body. What you might not know is that there are changes that can occur in your mouth as well. You may begin to notice more bleeding and tenderness than normal. This is due to hormonal changes and a decrease in your immune system. When you are pregnant, your homecare efforts are even more important to help decrease bacterial... Continue Reading

When You Are Not Ready to Commit!

* Part 2 of a 3 part series* You want to cosmetically enhance your smile, but you don’t want the commitment that porcelain veneers would need. In the preparation process for porcelain veneers, a portion of each tooth is permanently reduced and this cannot be reversed.  But, there is a way to avoid this permanent alteration to your teeth and still have the beautiful smile you want. What are prepless veneers? Prepless or no-prep veneers... Continue Reading

How to Survive Family Dinners and Even Enjoy Them

  For some families, the holidays are just another reason to get together, eat great food, and have a good time. In this scenario, there's nothing more enjoyable than spending extra time with your loved ones (it's what the holidays are all about after all), BUT for other families, even the closest relatives can get grouchy when they're together for days or even hours at a time.   If your family holiday gatherings cause a... Continue Reading

How Do you Design a Smile

Elgin Dentist

Do you hate the color, shape, size, or spacing of your teeth? Then you’re in luck! (Well… not luck, but we have the answer that you have been searching for.) The advancements in dentistry have been truly remarkable (triple backflip with one leg remark-able) — especially when it comes to porcelain veneers. Not only have the materials used to make veneers improved tremendously, but also have the abilities and skill sets of the dental professionals... Continue Reading

Use Your 2015 Dental Benefits Before They’re Gone!

It’s almost the end of October – benefit from your benefits before the year runs out! Now is the time for you to plan to complete any proposed dental treatment prior to the end of the year. Please contact our Elgin dentist office if you have any of the following: Unused insurance benefits. Unused flexible spending funds. Proposed treatment for which payment would contribute to medical tax deductions. At Smile for Life Dental, our goal is... Continue Reading

Let’s Bond: Answers To Your Questions About Dental Bonding

What do you believe makes a person look approachable and friendly? Many people would answer, “A smile!” If you are less than thrilled with the condition of your own smile ‐ but aren’t ready to consider drastic cosmetic procedures ‐ you may be interested in dental bonding! What does dental bonding involve? Bonding involves applying a tooth‐colored resin material to teeth to fix chips, cracks, or other minor imperfections. The surface of the tooth is... Continue Reading

Fluoride and Sealants: They’re Not Just For Kids Anymore

Elgin, IL Dentist

You’re very diligent about brushing twice a day and flossing regularly. You even make sure you see Smile for Life Dental at least twice a year for your checkup and cleaning! Then one day, Dr. Lodding or Dr. Schuiling tells you you have a cavity! How could this happen? Believe it or not, the ​CDC Reports that 91% of individuals over the age of 20 have had cavities at some point in their adult lives. Cavities... Continue Reading

Get Oral Cancer In Check with your Elgin Dentist

Elgin Dentist

As your Elgin dentist, Dr. Lodding is committed to the health and well‐being of the mouths in our community! As you already know, regular cleanings and checkups are vitally important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, in addition to fighting plaque, regular checkups can also help you and your family fight oral cancer. There are an estimated 35,000 cases of oral cancers diagnosed in the United States every year. On average, 60 percent of... Continue Reading

Floss With Finesse: 5 Flossing Tips

Dentist in Elgin

  It may look like a simple piece of string, but dental floss is so much more! It’s a proven ally in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and helps give your overall health a boost. Do you floss daily? What techniques help you get the most out of your flossing experience, without injury to your gums? Your Dentist in Elgin, Dr. Lodding  has complied a checklist to see if your flossing habits are up-to-par with the... Continue Reading

Restoration Reality Check with your Elgin dentist: Avoiding Replacement Could Cost You

Elgin dentist

One of the questions we get asked frequently is: Why do I need to replace my filling (or crown)? I thought it would last forever? As much as we would love to be able to promise that to you, we can’t project planning app. Even with the highest quality materials and techniques, which of course Dr. Lodding uses, fillings and/or crowns (also called restorations) aren’t permanent. Why? Well, for the same reason why your natural... Continue Reading